NORA #1346 - 10' AEB-L Chef - Five Loaves & Two Fish
$ 363.20 $ 454.00
**Please note, there is a small flaw in the Olivewood on this handle which is the reason the knife is discounted. You can read more about it in the "handle section" and you can reference it in the pictures.
- Blade Type: Chef
- Blade Length: 10 Inches
- Total Length: 15 Inches
- Handle Style: Western | Right or Left Hand Use
- Steel: AEB-L Stainless Steel
- Handle Materials: Stabilized Olivewood, Stabilized Box Elder (dyed a teal blue), stabilized Bloodwood, Black G10
- Rockwell Hardness: 62 HRC
- Grind Type: Full Flat Hybrid - Performance Grind (3 different bevels blended)
- This Blade is Ground...
- Thin for Performance (best performance but delicate)
- Thick for Durability (tough, built to last for heavy wear-n-tear)
- >>> Mid-Range with Special Geometry (specially ground for food release and glide but blade is kept slightly thicker for durability)
- This Knife Feels...
- Heavy in Hand (Hefty. Durable.)
- Light (nimble, maneuverable)
- >>> Not too heavy, not too light (Keep in mind, however, that this is a large blade to begin with so it will be a heavier blade by nature.)
GENERAL USES OF THIS KNIFE:
Our take on the classic Chef knife. This is an extremely versatile knife that is a jack-of-all-trades worker and one of the single most important knives in a kitchen. Our Chef knife design can easily accommodate both a pinch grip and a full hold. It is a good choice for those with larger hands or those who prefer a full hold on the handle. Our design is also excellent for those who like a rocking motion while cutting.
HANDLE DESIGN & MATERIALS:
Every one of our knives is handmade, unique and numbered. This NORA was specifically made with the Christian faith in mind, as part of a series of knives we created which each have a tie-in with various religions. This is a one-of-a-kind knife and will never be reproduced.
There was a lot of thought put into this knife before it was made. We came up with the idea for it after re-reading the story of the "five loaves and two fish" that is referenced in the Gospels of both John and Matthew in the Bible. As the story goes, Jesus fed the multitudes (roughly 5,000 in this event & 4,000 in a wholly separate miracle) with only 5 barley loaves and two small fish.
From that story we decided we wanted two fish on the knife. We also liked the tie in to the fact that the Ichthys fish has been widely adopted as a Christian symbol. In addition, Jesus referred to his disciples as "fishers of men" so the fish felt like a goof fit for the theme. We went to work designing something with two fish on it and after multiple ideas and designs, I found a vintage engraving of a small fish and placed two of these among several "waves" of words that I made using two of the most common prayers in Christiandom: Psalm 23 and the Lord's Prayer.
As far as the handle goes, we chose each of the materials to tie in with the theme. The upper portion of the handle consists of Olivewood which is native to the Holy Land and has been cultivated since ancient times. The olive branch is also universally known as a symbol for peace.
The blue dyed box elder is a reference to the waves and water in the engraving and the base of bloodwood is a symbolic nod to the blood that Christians believe was shed by Jesus to redeem mankind's sin.
**Please note: We pulled an absolutely gorgeous piece of Olivewood for this knife but, as it sometimes happens, after sanding and shaping it down we found a small void in the Olivewood near the pin. It was heartbreaking for us over here as we wanted this one to be perfect but things like this happen. Wood has voids that we sometimes can't see. The flaw is actually entirely cosmetic as the void was filled with stabilization fluid (a clear resin) but we don't feel right not disclosing this up front. You can see this void in the pictures on the listing of this knife. We have also discounted the knife by 20% because of this cosmetic flaw. Its really a quite beautiful knife so we hope someone is willing to look past this part.
AEB-L STAINLESS STEEL
This knife blade is composed of AEB-L stainless steel which is a high-quality Swedish metal, originally developed for razor blades. Recently, steel suppliers have made this steel available in thicker sheets and it has proven to be an excellent adaptation for the cutlery industry.
AEB-L has a beautiful balance of carbon and chromium and, with proper heat treatment, this steel produces both a very fine edge as well as excellent toughness and edge stability. The fine grain structure also makes this steel very easy to sharpen. We believe it is one of the finest stainless steels available on the market today for use with kitchen knives.
As a side note, there are two things we like to mention about this steel:
1.) This steel responds beautifully to honing and if the knife is honed regularly it should need infrequent sharpening.
2.) AEB-L is a stainless steel but just barely. The concept of stainless steel is very misleading because every steel is, at some level, reactive to water and other elements.
The higher carbon content in this stainless is what allows it to get a fine edge and higher hardness compared to many other stainless steels but it also has a tendency to sometimes form very fine rust spots on the blade. If this happens, these are easily removed with a green or red scotch brite pad and usually the rough end of a kitchen sponge will also do the trick. Take extra care to remove any excess wetness that remain on this blade. Drip drying is NOT recommended.
**This knife has been custom engraved. The engraving was done via a dual diode laser so there is depth to the engraving more so than you usually see with an electro etch or CO2 laser. We do, however, keep the depth minimal so it does not catch food and minimally interferes with the primary cutting function of the knife. A small amount of stickage is normal around the engraved area, especially initially. This will lessen over time as the blade is used. Please note though, if performance is your #1 priority then we encourage you to NOT purchase this blade. A blade with no engraving WILL have a smoother glide than a blade with engraving. For most, however, this difference is so minimal that it is barely noticed. We just like to provide a full disclosure up front so you know exactly what you are purchasing.
The engraving should last as long as the knife but please note that it will slightly degrade over time as abrasives are used on the knife. We recommend the soft end of a sponge with soap and water for cleaning and mineral oil periodically to condition the blade (and handle). Keep in mind that stronger abrasives, such as steel wool, scotch brite pads, sand paper or stone sharpening directly on the engraved image will further degrade the image.